Volume 7, Issue 3
Published: April 29, 2013
Varying views on North American fuel industries

As the US RFA queries a cellulosic biofuels target for this year, Canada announces a new programme to boost its agricultural sector


First up, the US Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to scale back this year’s volume requirements for biofuel production, arguing the proposed standards are ‘unrealistic’.

The association advised EPA at the start of April to revise its cellulosic and advanced biofuel standards set out earlier this year which put the 2013 standard for cellulosic fuel at 14 million gallons, up from 8.65 million gallons in 2012.

The figure was primarily based on expectations that two producing companies, Ineos Bio and Kior, would be able to help meet those production goals. But the RFA argues against the unrealistic overall target and wants the EPA to coordinate deeper with the two companies, plus take in consideration the status of sugarcane imports too.

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